As a holiday goes on I always pick up speed on reading particularly if there is good weather. We were blessed with great weather this Easter and I spent much of it in the garden reading.
So book 25 of the year was James Oswald’s “The Hangman’s Song”. I read the first two books on Harris last year and was looking forward to the third. The books are crime books set in Edinburgh and I found the first two stories very gripping. Did not enjoy this book as much as the first two the story line was weaker and failed to inspire me. I was though interested enough in what happened to the main female character that I did read the book fairly quickly. I have also ordered the next one in the series. I like his style and enjoy crime writing generally especially when it’s located in a setting I can relate to.
My 26th book was also set in a setting I know well. It was part of the reason that I bought it as it was set in Troutbeck in the Lake District which I know very well. The title of the book also attracted my interest “What kind of mother are you?” by Paula Daly. If I am honest its a question I ask myself often suspect most mother’s do from time to time. The book is about a family of three in the Lake District. The mother is juggling work and home life. On one very stressful morning she think’s she’s managed to get there when she gets a call from her daughter. Yesterday they were supposed to pick up her best friend. Her daughter had stayed off and they had forgotten about her friend. The friend had not gone home and had now been missing for 24 hours and it was the mother’s fault. Would not like to spoil the story but suffice to say unlike “The next time you see me” https://fionadranesblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/book-22-the-next-time-you-see-me/ I didn’t know what had happened to the girl right to the end. Terrific almost read it on one sitting and if I could have I would have.
Book 27th was one of the books I picked up and couldn’t get into pre Easter. But an afternoon sunning myself in the garden sorted that out. The book is “Home Fires” by Elizabeth Day. It’s about the effect the death of a 21-year-old son/grandson in war has on a family and the relations of the mother and father and the Grandmother (male side). It is set in the present day. Each of the three characters are profoundly affected as they struggle to come to terms with it. You see the perspective of each of the characters as they try to relate to one another. Move away from one another and get to a point where all three are living in isolated worlds of grief. I know it probably sounds like a book that is hard to read but actually once you are into it you want to know how each of them comes to terms with their grief and if it finally brings them closer together or further apart.
Enjoyed my Easter reading. Confess gave up on the kindle after James Oswald. As much as I like my Kindle and use the other features it has most days. Given a choice I always prefer a book to a kindle. Maybe its a comfort thing but for me there is nothing better than settling down with a good book especially in the garden in the sun.